Poisonous Items

If your pet ingests a toxin, please call Poison Control and contact your veterinarian.


Alcoholic Beverages Onions and Onion Powder
Avocado Raisins and Grapes
Chocolate (all forms) Salt
Coffee (all forms) Yeast Dough
Fatty Foods Garlic
Macadamia Nuts Products sweetened with Xylitol (several gum products)
Moldy or Spoiled Foods

Household Items

Detergents Fabric softener sheets
Mothballs Household Cleaners / Disinfectants
Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc) Liquid potpourri


Over the counter pain medications (Advil/ ibuprofen, Tylenol/ acetaminophen) Prescription medications
Cold & Flu medications Diet Pills
Anti-cancer drugs Antidepressants

Poisonous Plants for Dogs & Cats

Azalea Cycads
Branching Ivy Daffodil
Castor Bean Ferns
Hyacinth Iris
Lillies (all Lillium species) Morning Glory
Oleander Poinsettias
Tulips Yucca

* please note, this list is not all inclusive. For a complete list, visit ASPCA.

Holiday Hazards

Sparklers / Fireworks Easter grass
Holiday plants (Lilies, Mistletoe, Holly) *for a complete list see Poisonous Plant Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
Electrical cords Batteries
Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!) Glass ornaments

Outdoor & Cold Weather

Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions Swimming-pool treatment supplies
Blue-green algae in ponds Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
Citronella candles Antifreeze
Cocoa mulch Ice Melting Products
Fertilizers and compost piles Rat and mouse bait
Outdoor plants and plant bulbs Fly baits containing methomyl

Non-Toxic Substances

The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

Water-based paints Poinsettia
Toilet bowl water Cat litter
Silica gel Glow jewelry